After celebrating reaching the DFB Cup semi-finals, Eintracht Women suffered a 3-2 reverse away to Bayer Leverkusen on Matchday 16 of the FLYERALARM Women’s Bundesliga. Niko Arnautis’ side went a goal down early on when Mina Tanaka finished off a counter-attack for the hosts in the seventh minute. Laura Freigang equalised with her 12th goal of the season five minutes later, and Tanja Pawollek’s effort (25’) put Eintracht 2-1 ahead at half-time of a hard-fought encounter.
SGE under pressure
The Eagles were put under increasing pressure in the second half and conceded an equaliser through Tanaka midway through (69’). Sophia Kleinherne then inadvertently deflected Dora Zeller’s cross into her own net (77’) in what proved to be the deciding goal of the game.
Coach Niko Arnautis: “Overall it was a very tough, intensive match that could have gone either way at any time. We should have dealt better with the chance that made it 2-2, and it was in keeping with the way things went that we ended up with an own goal. It’s a really, really tough result to come to terms with. We’ve seen in a few matches already that we put a heck of a lot of work in and end up going home empty-handed.”
Frohms - Santos (83' Mauron), Kleinherne, Kirchberger, Küver - Feiersinger (68' Nüsken), Pawollek - Reuteler, Freigang, Dunst - Prasnikar.
Klink - Kerschowski, Turányi, Vinken, Marti - Csiszár (85' Bücher), Wirtz (68' Wich), Kögel, Zeller - Tanaka (89' Rackow), Nikolic.
Dr. Riem Hussein
1-0 Tanaka (7')
1-1 Freigang (12')
1-2 Pawollek (25')
2-2 Tanaka (69')
3-2 Zeller (77')